Telstra Grand Prix, Sydney, Day 2: Therese Alshammar and Leisel Jones Post Hat Tricks

SYDNEY, Australia, April 24. THE second and final day of swimming at the 2010 Telstra Grand prix featured impressive swims by Olympic medalists Therese Alshammar and Leisel Jones.

The meet was conducted with prelims run in short course meters format, and finals run in long course. The top swimmers at the meet are members of Australia's team going to the Pan Pacific championships this summer, and are coming off a four-day training camp in Canberra.

Women's 50 fly finals
Therese Alshammar of Sweden won her second sprint event at the meet, taking the 50 fly in 25.96, a new meet record and three tenths off the world-leading time of 25.60 she swam in February. Marieke Guehrer, ranked third in the world with a 26.28, finished second in 26.84. Yolane Kukla was third with a 26.91.

Men's 50 fly final
Geoff Huegill, the 2000 Olympic bronze medalist in the 100 fly, touched out Andrew Lauterstein, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in the 100 fly, for the title today in 23.85. Lauterstein finished in 24.05. Ryan Pini of Papua New Guinea, a 100 fly finalist at the 2008 Olympics, was third in 24.29.

Women's 50 back final
Emily Seebohm owns the top time in the world in this event with a 27.95. Today, she won the event at the Grand Prix with a 28.37. In a close battle for second, Grace Loh got her hand on the wall first in 29.13 over Belinda Hocking, who touched in 29.15.

Men's 50 back final
After winning the 100 back on Friday, Ashley Delaney made it a backstroke double, winning in 25.45. Robert Hurley was right behind in 26.09, while Ayrton Dickey was third with a 26.70.

Women's 400 free final
Katie Goldman was impressive in this event, swimming a 4:09.65 for the win. She won handily over Blair Evans and Kylie Palmer, who finished in 4:12.24 and 4:13.16, respectively.

Men's 400 IM
Thomas Fraser-Holmes took control of the race after the butterfly leg and never relinquished the lead, winning in 4:21.79. Travis Nederpelt, the leader in the butterfly leg, was second in 4:26.77. Jarrod Killey was third with a 4:30.21.

Women's 200 fly final
Jessicah Schipper led a three-woman final to the finish with a 2:13.07. Nicole Mee was second in 2:17.99 and finishing third was Kerry McMaster in 2:19.36.

Men's 100 fly final
After finishing second to Huegill in the 50 fly earlier in the day, Lauterstein was able to win the 100 fly in 53.36. Huegill had a stronger final 50 meters, but ran out of room, finishing in 53.84. Well back in third was Calum Timms with a 54.63

Women's 100 back final
In addition to leading the world in the 50 back, Seebohm is the top swimmer in the world so far in the 100 back with a 59.21. She was again impressive, posting a 1:00.89 for a meet record. Hocking was second in 1:01.53, while Sophie Edington was third in 1:01.92.

Men's 200 back final
In a final of only four swimmers, Ashley Delaney was the class of the field, winning in 2:00.84. Bradley Lewis finished in 2:04.09, while Ayrton Dickey was third in 2:06.42.

Women's 200 breast final
Leisel Jones had no peer in this event, winning in 2:30.98 to take all three breaststroke events. In second was Meagan Ramsey, who touched in 2:37.06. Finishing third was Kate Dimou with a 2:39.23.

Men's 100 breast final
Christian Sprenger and Brenton Rickard were stroke for stroke for virtually the entire race, with Sprenger getting to the finish first with a 1:01.78. Rickard's time was 1:01.98. Craig Calder was third with a 1:03.71.

Women's 100 free final
Alshammar completed her hat trick with a 55.23 victory over Seebohm's 55.69. Kelly Stubbins rounded out the podium with a 55.83.

Men's 200 free
Nicholas Ffrost posted the only swim under 1:50 with a 1:49.12. Fraser-Holmes was second with a 1:50.05 and Hurley finished third in 1:51.25.

Women's 200 IM
Stephanie Rice won handily in 2:13.45. In second place was Alicia Coutts with a 2:17.61 and in third was Ramsay with a 2:20.88.

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